How to Apply

African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to enrol the most outstanding young leaders from across Africa and around the world – ALA is not only looking for young people who are smart and excel in the academic environment, we are looking for young people with the potential to lead and impact the world around them through their courage, initiative and innovation.

The process is as follows:


ALA’s selection process is extremely competitive. The Academy receives several thousand applications from most African countries each year. These applicants come from a wide range of social, economic, cultural & educational backgrounds. The application includes short questions and essays and must be submitted with academic transcripts. Please check the admissions timeline below to confirm the application deadline for your country.


At this stage approximately 400 finalists are selected to attend Finalist events held across the continent. At these events, finalists write entrance exams, participate in group activities & are interviewed one-on-one by the ALA Admissions team. Finalists are also required to submit teacher recommendations.


The hardest part of the selection process: the Academy is only able to select 100 students from the pool of extraordinary finalists to attend the Academy. All finalists will be duly notified of their admissions status.

"ALA is different from any other school because of its people and core subjects that help shape great leaders. You can forget some topics like chemistry, economics or mathematics but you will never forget the people." - Coumba Mbodji, Class of 2012  

Should you wish to speak with an Admissions representative to learn more or even visit the Academy and receive a personal campus tour with an ALA student, please contact us on the following details:

ALA Admissions


Tel: +27 11 699 3000


The Academy is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities. The Academy’s policy in respect to admissions is consistent with African Leadership Academy’s policy on non-discrimination. As such, in accordance with our value of diversity and in compliance with South African law, ALA does not discriminate on the basis of gender (identity or expression), race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity (or tribal affiliation), wealth or income.


Applications to our two-year program have now closed for the class of 2015. We will begin accepting applications to the class of 2016 in September 2015.